From the Desk of the President (MAY, 2006)
Paul Trades and Labor Assembly
34 has moved, per motion approved by the April 5, 2006
General Assembly, 201 of our per caps from the Minneapolis
Central Labor Union Council to the St Paul Trades and Labor
Assembly, effective April 2006. What that means is that we have five
delegate slots open to our local at the St Paul Trades and
Labor Assembly. We will elect those delegates at the May
19, 2006 Executive Board meeting.
If you live in the St Paul and surrounding suburbs
area and have an interest in serving our local in the
capacity as one of those delegates, please contact me by no
later than Monday, May 17, 2006 to indicate your interest.
Serving as one of our delegates entails attending the
monthly meeting, held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the
Trades and Labor Building, 411 Main St, St Paul MN.
There is a public employee caucus held from 5:30 -
6:30 PM and then the Assembly immediately follows.
That meeting is usually about an hour long.
About 1/4 of our membership live in St Paul and
surrounding suburbs and are directly impacted by many of the
decisions made for endorsements of political candidates so
this move has been long overdue.
Convention of the Minnesota AFL-CIO
We just received
notice that there will be a special convention of the MN
AFL-CIO on Friday, May 19, 2006, at the Holiday Inn North
at 5:30 PM. The
sole topic of the convention will be to discuss and vote on
an amendment to Article X, Section 1 of the Minnesota
AFL-CIO Constitution to change the per capita tax (dues)
from $0.65 per member per month to $0.90 per member per
month, effective July 1, 2006.
We will address this matter at the May 3, 2006
General Assembly and elect delegates to attend that
would be paid for their lost time, if needed, and mileage to
attend. If you
are interested in putting your name forward as a delegate
and cannot attend the GA, please contact me by no later than
1:30 PM that afternoon of May 3, 2006.
Housing Annual Breakfast
34 is a sponsor of Alliance Housing Inc. by contributing $100.00 per month to their efforts to provide
services and housing to the community's homeless single
adults and families. They
have invited our Local to attend their annual breakfast on
Friday, June 2, 2006, 7:30 - 8:30 AM at Park House.
I will attend the event but would like to ask that a
few more members of our Local attend, too. If you would like to join me at this
event, please let me know by 1:30 PM on Wednesday, May 3,
list can be found on our web site, www.afscmelocal.org.
The easiest place to find it is on the left-hand side
of the front page by the scroll bar on that side - near the
The report reflects information as of the April 7,
2006 pay date so should include anyone who was in a Local 34
job class as of April 1, 2006. When you are looking at the seniority
date, you may have to expand that field or it will only show
# signs. This list has been distributed to the
officers, stewards, distribution contacts and activists
throughout the local. We
have already sent a request for clarification of the
duplication of information of the Child Support Officers;
why the Social Workers and Senior Social Workers are not
together on the same list as we have had in the past as, per
our contract, they are considered as one group for
the Human Service Representative I job class is listed; and
why the Human Service Representative II job class has two
lists by dates. We will forward other questions and
report on the answers as they are received.
One item that has been noticed by a number of folks
is that we have folks listed who are no longer current
date, I have found that all of the folks whose names have
been brought to my attention are on medical layoff.
What that means is that they were on medical leave
prior to leaving employment.
They remain on the seniority list for a length of
time equal to their employment with the County but not to
exceed three years and are subject to the layoff language
under the terms of our contract.
have been asked this question every day this week:
How is our seniority determined?
Per Article 6, Section 1: "Seniority is an
employee's length of service for the Employer from the most
recent date of employment, re-employment or
Another commonly asked question has been:
Why does the report show a different date from when I
first started with the County?
Some of the possible answers are: You began as a
grant, intermittent or temporary employee and then were
hired into a permanent position.
Your seniority date begins from the date you started
in the permanent position.
Another is that you worked for the County, left for a
while and then came back.
Your seniority date is the date of your most recent
example is you were first hired 2/1/98, worked for three
years, left 3/15/01, and then were rehired 5/13/05.
Your seniority date will be 5/13/05. The next
questions I have been asked is:
If we face a layoff for my job class, how would that
Article 6, Section 4A -" Layoff shall be in inverse
order of seniority within each work classification and
Most of us work in the Human Services and Public
Health Department but we do have some members of our
bargaining unit who work for Corrections, the County
Attorney's Office, the Library, and a few other departments
throughout the County.
you have a question about your seniority date, please send
an e-mail to either Clifford Robinson, Shannon Wesley, Matt
Nelson or me with the date as listed on the report and why
you think that date is incorrect.
Provide as much information as you have to document
your concern. We
will compile all of the questions, do the fact checking with
Human Resources/Labor Relations, and get back to you.
Any corrections will be added to an updated list at
some point in the future.
May Day - the day when workers around the world celebrate.